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Canandaigua doctor returns to practice after April arrest

Dr. Robert Smith, MD, has been reinstated at Thompson Health after taking a voluntary leave of absence due to an arrest. (Photo: Wayne County Sheriff's Office)

Canandaigua, N.Y. (WHAM) - A doctor who was in the spotlight earlier this year for an arrest has rejoined his practice.

Dr. Robert Smith, MD, has been reinstated at Thompson Health after taking a voluntary leave of absence due to an arrest.

According to the Thompson Health website, the healthcare practice covers newborn care, pediatrics, adult medicine and women’s health.

Smith was among six people arrested for patronizing a prostitute at the Budget Inn in Ontario back in April. Smith pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on June 13 and was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, 40 hours of community service and a $125 fine.

Timothy Sullivan and Robert Assisi pleaded guilty and received the same sentence.

Deputies said a woman advertising sex for money in an online add agreed to help deputies arrest people who answered the ad posted online. The woman, a self-admitted heroin addict, is currently awaiting in-patient placement.

The other three defendants in the sting - Sanchez, Fischer and Barr - had their cases adjourned to July 11 at 10 a.m.

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